Genesis 26:1-5 & 12
If the question is asked, how many need a blessing NOW, the answer will be enormous. Because most individual monthly expensive are more than their monthly income, but yet they are surviving. This means that God is certainly doing the impossible in their lives, and only HE can. When someone is living pay check to pay check, we know for sure that they are experiencing a famine and famine is only for a season. But its during a famine we must sow more into the things of God. Sow more of your time, finances and or gifts into the kingdom of God without hesitation. When you sow more into the things of God, God will release supernaturally into your life directly during your famine. In this lesson we will look at How Isaac sowed during a famine and received an hundred fold, but first let's understand the book of Genesis before we examine chapter 26.
Moses is the author of the book of Genesis. And it is the book of the beginning of all things created by the LORD GOD. It records the beginning of creation, time, life, sin, salvation and mankind, as well as the beginning of the Hebrew nation. It is the foundational book of the Bible, and it covers more time than any other book in the King James Bible. The book of Genesis record bears witness to the grandeur and eternity of the only LORD GOD and the beginning of His people. Genesis covers the whole plight of man, who was created in God's image, but because of sin incurred God’s wrath.
With this, we see that the major themes are the Covenant (Why God chose Abraham’s family). I believe this is the unifying theme of God’s covenant promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 and this covenant continued until chapter 50. The next theme is, Monotheism (Worship of One God), Sin (the introduction of sin into the world and the impact it has had on human history) and Origins (Dealing with what God created, how did God create and when did God create). Many of the great questions of life are answered in Genesis. Where did I come from? (God created us - Genesis 1:1). Why am I here? (We are here to have a relationship with God - Genesis 15:6. Where am I going? (We have a destination after death - Genesis 25:8).
Genesis appeals to the scientist, the historian, the theologian, the housewife, the farmer, the traveler, and the man or woman of God. It is a fitting beginning for God's story of His plan for mankind. We have seen that many New Testament themes have their roots in Genesis. Jesus Christ is the Seed of the woman who will destroy Satan’s power (Gen. 3:15). The faith displayed by Abraham would be the gift of God and the basis of salvation for both Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:8-9; Hebrews 11).
So as we read the Book of Genesis, we can divide it into two sections to get a better understanding. It can be divided into the: Earliest existence of men and the promise founders. Earliest Existence of Men records; The Creation (Genesis chapters 1-2); The fall of man (Genesis chapters 3-5); The Flood (Genesis chapters 6-9); and The dispersion (Genesis chapters 10-11). The promise founders records the lives of four great men: Abraham (Genesis 12-25:8); Isaac (Genesis 21:1-35-29); Jacob (Genesis 25:21-50:14); and Joseph (Genesis 30:22-50:26).
Before we can understand the Genesis 26:1-5 & 6, we have to know what is the purpose and message of the book of Genesis. The purpose of the book of Genesis is to begin the story of the Covenant. You, see God created everything and “it was very good” 1:31 but sin jeopardized our relationship with God, and we didn’t know what God was like. So this is why God decided to make a covenant with a chosen-people Abraham and his family. So as we read the book of Genesis, it will tell us how the covenant was established. And this leads us to the main message of the book of Genesis.
There are three messages in Genesis: It gives an introduction to the Israelite God (Yahweh). We were created in the image of God. It explains how Israel came to be organized according to the twelve tribes. In Genesis 26:1-5 & 12, we see that God chose Abraham, through whom He would create a chosen people. The chosen line was passed on to Abraham's son Isaac, and then to Isaac's son Jacob. God changed Jacob's name to Israel, and his twelve sons became the ancestors of the twelve tribes of Israel. With this history, this will help us to understand what was going on during this time in chapters twenty-six. As we break it down we will see,26:1-5 God's covenant with Isaac confirmed, 26:6-16 Dispute with Abimelech, 26:17-25 Dispute about wells, 26:26-33 Covenant between Isaac and Abimelech and 26:34-35 The wives of Esau.
Now let us get into the verses that we have read and understand the blessings God has for you during your famine. We will see that First of all that, this was a second famine of eleven that happen in the bible. The first famine was during the time of Abraham in Genesis 12:10-20. In this famine Abraham left and went to Egypt. And the same experience that Abraham had with his wife Sarai or Sarah, with her being fair to look upon, was the same experience Isaac had with Rebekah. The eleven Famines were:1. In Canaan with Abraham in Genesis 12. 2. Canaan with Isaac in Genesis 26. 3. Canaan with Jacob in 41:45-57. 4. Canaan during the judges in Ruth 21. 5. Canaan with David in 2 Samuel. 6. Canaan with Elijah in I-kings 17. 7. Canaan with Elisha in 2-Kings 4. 8. Samaria with Elisha in 2-Kings 6. 9. Canaan with Elisha in 2-Kings 8. 10. Jerusalem with Zedekiah in 2-Kings 25. 11. An unknown land in Luke 15:14.
So it was after Abraham’s death, another famine came over the land. This was about an hundred years after the first famine. At this time Isaac is over 75 years old because Abraham died when Isaac was 75 years old, and Isaac two sons Jacob and Esau were at least 15 years old. So here Yahweh appeared to Isaac and told him not to go down to Egypt, but to stay in the land of Canaan with a promise to bless him.
Now when the famine came about Isaac went to Abimelech in Gerar of the Philistines to whom Abraham had said that Sarah was his wife before the birth of Isaac. And Isaac had already received all the good from his father according to: Genesis 24:36And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath. And Genesis 25:5And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.
Not only did Abraham blessed Isaac God also blessed him in 25:11And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahairoi. So it was after Isaac accorded his the blessing to his sons and Esau gave Jacob his birth right and departed from his parents that the second famine occurred.
The famine was in the land where Isaac was in Beer-Sheba and he was told to go to Gerar, according to verse 1, where God appeared to him, and warns him not to go to Egypt, because he had to renew the promises to him which he had made to his father Abraham, in verse 3-5. So Isaac dwells at Gerar. With Abraham’s obedience he received blessings during a famine. And there are six things that God promise to bless you with during you famine.
Next week we will deal with the six things you will receive during a famine.